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ing them as prey. After the execution of this Tiou Indian"1 was
performed, he was thrown out on the trash pile, and truly, as he
had prognosticated, the birds and tawny beasts, although in great
number, did not touch his person at all. I attribute this event to
the force of some herbs, which he had rubbed over his body, the
odor of which was repugnant to the animals.
Formerly the king used to pay 3,000 livres for the maintenance
of four missionaries in this colony. Since the Company has gov-
erned this province, it has reduced this sum to 2,ooo livres; that
is to say 500 livres for each missionary in merchandise, a sum
which does not amount to 2oo livres in French prices, a sum with
which it is impossible to subsist in a country, where there is
neither any perquisite to make, nor charities, in a time that sub-
sistance there is at an excessive price.
The 15th, I took leave from M. Boisbriand, who is a very worthy
man, good officer, and full of merit and of distinction; I proceeded
then to the entrance of the Red River, where I found my boats;
at mid-day, we entered there and camped at a league above, on a
somewhat elevated piece of ground to the right of the river.
The 16th, it rained very much; we stayed in camp with the
pirogue of M. Blondel. My guide killed a number of squirrels
The 17th, we made a division of our supplies; it turned out to
be enough for twelve days. The pirogue of M. Blondel and my
big boat, in which I had sent MM. Le Blanc and Du Rivage, took
to the left by a bayou, or stream, which was a short cut; my savage
guide had us continue in the main channel, so that we got sep-
arated without knowing it.
The 18th, we passed through some inundated countries: we
were obliged to sleep in our boats, not finding any spot of ground
where we were able to camp.
The 19th, we advanced four leagues without finding ground
where to land.
The 2oth, we advanced to the entrance of the Ouachitas River,
at fourteen leagues from the Mississippi. Seeing the rapidity of
11The Tiou were a people of the lower Yazoo and Mississippi rivers. Tradition
relates that the Chickasaws practically vanquished them before they fled to the
upper Yazoo River to the Natchez, who protected them. The Tiou disappeared from
history after the Natchez uprising of the 1730's.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101173/. Accessed July 4, 2015.